November Newsletter

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David Gerber, CEO
David Gerber, CEO


To those of you who I haven’t yet met, I am David Gerber, the new CEO of Willingway. I am not new to the field of substance use disorder treatment, as I have had the privilege of doing this work for over 30 years and have been involved with organizations like Willingway that have rich tradition and providing the highest quality care. I have learned a lot since arriving in July. Of my more important lessons is the value of re-engaging Willingway with our community. There are many of you out there who have come to know Willingway over the years, and our relationships may have drifted. I am committed to rebuilding these relationships, as well as our relationships with our vibrant alumni spread throughout Georgia and the southeast. Willingway is a special program steeped in history.

New challenges in our field have yielded the highest overdose rates ever recorded. It is as important as ever to provide individuals with quality care and help restore meaningful and purposeful lives. I have every intention of maintaining what has allowed us to build a well-deserved reputation, while guiding our talented team into the future to face these challenges head on.

If you would like to get to know us or reconnect there are many ways to do so. But you can start by sending me an email at I’d be happy to chat.

David Gerber, M.Ed. CASAC, CEO

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Brooks AdamsAn Interview with Brooks Adams Director of the Tactical Recovery Veterans Program

Interviewer: Hey, everyone! Today, we’ve got Brooks Adams, the Director of our Tactical Recovery Unit, here to share insights into what makes this unit special at Willingway. Brooks, tell us a bit about yourself and what sets this unit apart.

Brooks: Hey, y’all! Well, I’m in recovery myself, and I’m a veteran of the United States Army with PTSD.
So, I understand our patients. When our vets come in, they’re talking to someone who speaks their language, understands their struggles, and knows the challenges of reintegrating into society. We tackle addiction and substance use issues head-on from day one, starting with detox.

Interviewer: That’s powerful, Brooks. Can you give us an idea of the typical length of stay in the Tactical Recovery Unit?

Brooks: Most of our patients stay for 30 to 45 days, depending on where they’re
coming from. But we’ve got some who stay longer, up to six or eight months for those with higher needs.

Interviewer: Interesting. Now, what’s unique about Willingway is the transition to
extended care after the initial inpatient stay. Could you shed some light on how that benefits veterans?

Brooks: Absolutely. For some, their addiction issues haven’t completely upended their lives, so outpatient care might be enough. But for others with more chronic struggles, we offer extended care and sober living programs. It’s about rebuilding life skills,
relationships, and careers. It’s not a quick fix, but it gives them the tools for a sober life.

Interviewer: That’s a crucial aspect of the recovery journey. Now, Brooks, you recently attended the Tabicon Conference, and Willingway received the Top Gun Award for Best Wingman. What does this award mean, and why do you think Willingway earned it?

Brooks: The Top Gun Conference focuses on clinical staff working directly with
veterans. Our award was for the highest client satisfaction service. It’s about our vets speaking highly of the program, sharing their positive experiences, and recognizing
the fair and supportive treatment they received. It’s a testament to the dedication
of our team.

Interviewer: That’s fantastic, Brooks. We appreciate you sharing your insights and the incredible work being done at the Tactical Recovery Unit. Thanks for being here!

Brooks: Thanks for having me. Always here for our veterans and the recovery journey. Appreciate it.

Averitt Event

Averitt Center Veterans Day Program: November 11, 2023

Willingway Staff and Veteran clients got the opportunity to go off site and celebrate Veterans Day at the Averitt Center.


Name: Tonya Phillips
Position: Director of Medical Records
Start Date: 1988

Watch a Video of this Interview!

Interviewer: Hey, everyone! Welcome to another edition of the Willingway Employee Spotlight. Today, we have the pleasure of sitting down with Tonya, our esteemed Director of Medical Records. Tonya, could you start by giving us a glimpse into your role here at Willingway?

Tonya: Absolutely! As the Director of Medical Records, my responsibilities span everything related to medical records. I’m involved from creating the initial chart to engaging with patients at discharge, which is, honestly, my favorite part. I love hearing patients’ stories, whether they’re tales of triumph or struggle.

Interviewer: That’s fantastic. And you’ve been with Willingway for quite some time, right? Could you share how long you’ve been a part of the team?

Tonya: Indeed, I’ve been here for a whopping thirty-five years. I joined in 1988, and it’s been a journey filled with countless medical records and memorable moments.

Interviewer: Wow, that’s impressive! With such a wealth of experience, you must have seen a lot. Speaking of which, Willingway’s mission is to improve the lives we touch. How do you see your role contributing to this mission?

Tonya: I believe that everyone at Willingway, regardless of their position, has a hand in touching lives daily. Even the housekeepers make a difference. Personally, I find that connecting with patients during their stay, especially at lunch, provides a sense of hope. Listening to their stories and being there for them is something I think we all contribute to here.

Interviewer: That’s a beautiful perspective. Is there anything else you’d like to share on this spotlight day? The floor is yours!

Tonya: Well, I genuinely love what I do, and working at Willingway has been more than just a job for me. Dealing with addiction issues with people in my personal life, I’ve found that the knowledge and experience gained here have been invaluable. It’s helped me in ways I couldn’t have imagined. I’m grateful for the opportunity to make a difference.

Interviewer: Thank you, Tonya, for opening up and sharing your story. It’s truly impactful. We’re thrilled to have you as our very first Employee Spotlight, and we appreciate your dedication and passion for the mission of Willingway. Signing off for now!

Willingway News: We’re Growing!

Augusta Outpatient Open House! 11/16/2023
We had a blast opening our new OP location in Augusta!
1225 Augusta West Parkway, Augusta, GA, 30909

Rob GoucherGetting to Know You!

New business development representative Rob Goucher

Location: North Florida
Recovery Date: 9/20/2017

Interviewer: What do you find most exciting about joining the Willingway Team?

Rob: Getting to help others who are in the same spot I was 6 years ago. I want to give back and return the favor!

Celebrating BirthdaysNovember Birthdays:

David Paul, 11/4
Tykeria Tann, 11/9
Elizabeth Jackson, 11/16
Melanie Stevens, 11/19
Hannah Rogers, 11/23

Community connections are importantContinuing Care Community Support Groups

Continuing Care provides a supportive and welcoming community to people in addiction recovery, their family members, and their close friends. It is a safe place to land, to talk about your experiences, and to find ways to become connected to 12-step recovery.

Zoom Meeting Schedule

Zoom Meeting Schedule

Atlanta, GA – Robby Carroll
Tuesday at 6:30 PM
Meeting ID: 851 3786 4879   
Password: 837591
Robby Carroll 404-216-3882

Thursday at 6:00 PM
Meeting ID: 883 0477 9288
Password: 545307
Robby Carroll 404-216-3882
Pines Adolescent Families Welcome

Macon, GA – Don Wilkinson
Willingway Continuing Care meets on Monday evenings at 6:30 at Centenary Methodist Church,  1280 College Street.
The meeting will be held in person and on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 875 4820 5509
Password: Recovery
Don Wilkinson 478-538-3863

Jacksonville, FL – John and Cathy Roberts
Monday at 6:00 PM
Meeting ID: 996 758 129
Password: 1234
John Roberts 904-463-1246

Augusta, GA – Paula Wood
Saturday at 10 AM
Meeting ID: 945 7406 1339
Password: 714168
Paula Wood 706-664-9672

Columbia, SC – Michael Byrd
Not Currently Active
Michael Byrd 803-381-7491

Raleigh, NC – Charlie Wagner
Mondays 7:30 – 8:45 PM
Meeting ID: 885 4336 3501
Passcode: Willingway

In-Person Meeting Schedule

In-Person Meeting Schedule 

Charleston, SC – Rhett Crull
Monday at 6:30 PM
Church of the Holy Cross, 299 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island, SC
Rhett Crull 843-323-7111

Raleigh, NC – Charlie Wagner
Mondays 7:30-8:45 PM
St John’s Baptist Church, 1615 Oberlin Rd # A, Raleigh, NC 27608
Accessed from a parking lot on the rear of the building off Chester Road.
Charlie Wagner 919-349-6269

St. Simons – Joel Mills
Saturday at 6:30 PM
The Club House, 1501 Demere Road, St Simons Island, GA 31522
Joel Mills 912-617-6385

Jacksonville, FL – John and Cathy Roberts
Tuesday at 6:00 PM
Palms Presbyterian Church, 3410 Third Street South, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
John Roberts 904-463-1246

Augusta, GA – Paula Wood
Saturday at 10 AM
Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904
Paula Wood 706-664-9672

Macon, GA – Don Wilkinson
Monday at 6:30 PM
Centenary Church, 1280 College Street, Macon, GA
Don Wilkinson 478-538-3863

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